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Supreme Court decides if undocumented immigrant can practice law

An undocumented immigrant in Florida went to law school, passed the Bar exam and is now waiting on a decision on whether he can legally practice in the United States. The applicant was brought into the U.S. from Mexico on a visitor's visa when he was 9-years-old. His parents overstayed their visas and the family never returned to Mexico. Though he has been education in the United States and lived here most of his life, he is still considered an "illegal" immigrant.

Court approves immigrant's $1M lawsuit for state agency status error

A 21-year-old Mexican-born woman has been approved to file a lawsuit against the state of Oregon after authorities told her parents that she would automatically become a legal citizen as soon as she was adopted. The woman discovered too late that she needed to file paperwork to achieve status and by the time she filed, she had turned 18. Even worse, she was subject to a three-year ban from the country for her illegal status.

Young illegal immigrants (DREAMers) get relief

Immigration laws are always evolving and changing, sometimes bringing new opportunities and hope. President Obama has initiated a new program to give young immigrants with no criminal record and who have completed some college or military service, the opportunity to defer deportation proceedings. Now, hundreds of thousands of illegal immigrants in who were brought to the country as children can start the application process for a deportation reprieve.

Fewer immigration laws passed by states in 2012

A recent study suggests a couple of reasons why state immigration laws have decreased in 2012. Based on legislator response, states have shifted to worrying about budget balancing and other initiatives focused on financial recovery, rather than immigration measures. At the same time, U.S. courts have been weighing in on state authority in the enforcement of immigration laws.

Florida voters favor path to citizenship for illegal immigrants

Many people who live outside of Florida see our state at as a hotspot for immigration issues. While we are certainly home to many immigrants, what others may not realize is that many people come here most frequently from Cuba and Puerto Rico. Those from Puerto Rico are U.S. citizens, and those from Cuba often immigrate here legally. However, recent polling showed that many Florida residents still support creating more accessible pathways to citizenships for those who are living in our state and country illegally.

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